Unilever named industry group leader in DJSI

Unilever has been awarded leadership of the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Industry Group in the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) results - one of only 24 companies to be named as Industry Group Leaders.

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Vanilla farmer in Madagasgar. © Symrise

The DJSI is a globally recognised independent benchmark that measures proven company performance across material economic, environmental and social criteria. Unilever has been a member of the DJSI World Index since it began in 1999.

Jeff Seabright, Chief Sustainability Officer at Unilever, said: “It is an honour to be awarded industry group leadership. My thanks goes to everyone who was involved in our submission. The results reflect the progress we are making in delivering the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, driving long-term sustainable business growth and towards achieving our vision of making sustainable living commonplace.”

Industry-leading scores

The results show that Unilever achieved an overall score of 92 out of a possible 100, an increase from 90 in 2014.

Unilever led or jointly led the industry in nine of the 23 Food Products criteria, including: Innovation Management; Strategy for Emerging Markets; Climate Strategy; Packaging; and Talent Attraction & Retention.

Demonstrating a leading position

The DJSI Industry Group Leader Report, compiled by RobecoSAM who collaborate with the S&P Dow Jones Indices to announce the results of the annual DJSI review, states: “Unilever continues to demonstrate its leadership position in the global food and personal care space. Strong innovation and a focus on elements of product stewardship such as packaging and raw material sourcing are embedded in the company’s strategy…Transparent communication on supply chain issues and indicators ensures awareness of local sourcing, development and human rights issues among its customers and other stakeholders.”

Dow Jones Sustainability Indices Review

The DJSI Annual Review 2015 results including the S&P Dow Jones Indices/RobecoSAM Press Release and the Industry Group Leader Report are available at www.sustainability-indices.com

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